Army Technology lists ten of the top tweets on military and security in Q2 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on military and security in Q2 2020
1. James Stavridis’ tweet on firing the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt’s captain
James Stavridis, a retired United States Navy admiral, tweeted on the Navy having fired the captain of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was battling coronavirus symptoms among his 5,000 sailor crew in Guam. The captain was reportedly fired for blowing the whistle, and acted in the best interest of the crew.
Deeply surprised to learn that Navy has fired the Captain of carrier Roosevelt who is battling coronavirus in his 5,000 sailor crew in Guam. Want to know more given the Captain’s obvious concern for his crew to understand this decision.
— stavridisj (@stavridisj) April 2, 2020
Username: James Stavridis
Twitter handle: @stavridisj
2. SIPRI’s tweet on the outlook of arms control
SIPRI, an independent international research institute, shared an article on the nine nuclear-armed states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)—possessing an estimated 13,400 nuclear weapons at the start of 2020.
The key findings by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) suggest that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads from 13,865 in 2019, all nuclear weapon-possessing states continue to modernise their nuclear arsenals.
At the start of 2020, the 9 nuclear-armed states possessed an estimated 13 400 #nuclear weapons:
Russia🇷🇺 6 375
USA🇺🇸 5 800
North Korea🇰🇵 30–40
Read more in #SIPRIYearbook 2020 ➡️ https://t.co/nSYOHeZpkt pic.twitter.com/5uQ0N6ylRI
— SIPRI (@SIPRIorg) June 15, 2020
Twitter handle: @SIPRIorg
3. David Cenciotti’s tweet on the return of the Italian Cavour aircraft carrier
David Cenciotti, an aviation blogger, tweeted on the Italian Cavour aircraft carrier leaving the Maritime Military Arsenal of Taranto, after about 10 months of tests. He further added that the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft, is expected to be tested next.
I’ve just received from a friend this awesome clip of the Italian Cavour aircraft carrier leaving the Maritime Military Arsenal of Taranto this morning after about 10 months of works. F-35B integration tests next. pic.twitter.com/Ts24d4RANX
— David Cenciotti (@cencio4) May 6, 2020
Username: David Cenciotti
Twitter handle: @cencio4
4. US Naval Institute’s tweet on China’s military built with cloned weapons
The US Naval Institute, an independent forum providing naval news and scientific understanding of sea power, shared an article on Chinese cloning of weapons. The article detailed that despite being known to be an innovator of things such as gunpowder, paper and the compass, it has recently earned an international reputation of being the home for prolific copycat culture.
Most of Chinese military weapons in the past few decades seem to be copied from systems developed by other nations. For instance, the Shenyang J-31 seems to be an attempt to copy the Lockheed Martin F-35, the article noted.
Today is National Look Alike Day! The Chinese military is full of weapons that look a lot like systems developed by other nations such as the Shenyang J-31 which is an attempt to copy the Lockheed Martin F-35. More Chinese clones: https://t.co/cHJadkqThJ #nationallookalikeday pic.twitter.com/l556rlivez
— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) April 20, 2020
Username: U.S. Naval Institute
Twitter handle: @NavalInstitute
5. Aaron Mehta’s tweet on America’s adversaries investing in weapons to take out satellites
Aaron Mehta, a Pentagon correspondent, shared an article on how America’s four greatest adversaries—Russia, China, Iran and North Korea—are investing in systems that can take out satellites on orbit. These include funding laser systems, nuclear power and satellites that shadow American space vehicles.
Reports also suggest that for the first time, countries like Japan and India are investing heavily in new areas such as data on the space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities of countries, which is the ability of nations to track what is moving in various orbits.
JUST IN: U.S. Space Command issues statement that it is tracking a Russian anti-satellite missile test. Weapon could target satellites in low-earth orbit.
Some background on Russian and Chinese anti-space capabilities: https://t.co/opvsTi9bob
— Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta) April 15, 2020
Username: Aaron Mehta
Twitter handle: @AaronMehta
6. Jens Stoltenberg’s tweet on NATO Allies responding to COVID-19 together
Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, shared an article on Poland sent doctors and medical supplies to the United States. A medical mission set off from Warsaw’s Military Institute of Medicine to Chicago to help fight the pandemic, and exchange lessons learned and best practices, the article noted.
The team of nine visited various hospitals in Chicago over a week-long mission, holding webinars and seminars with medical institutions John H. Stroger Hospital, Cermak Health – Cook County, and the Rush University Medical Center, the article highlighted.
Great to see military doctors from 🇵🇱 Warsaw heading to help their colleagues in 🇺🇸 Chicago. NATO Allies are responding to #COVID19 together, sharing expertise & supplies across the globe. In #NATO, no Ally ever stands alone: https://t.co/8eeI9lBw93 pic.twitter.com/579s0MCHjf
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) April 23, 2020
Username: Jens Stoltenberg
Twitter handle: @jensstoltenberg
7. Nicholas Drummond’s tweet on Tiger I being one of the most iconic tanks of World War II
Nicholas Drummond, a dense industry consultant and commentator, tweeted on the Panzerkampfwagen VI or Tiger I being one of the most iconic tanks of World War II. However, despite its fame and reviews, its technical performance has emerged only until recently.
He further adds that Tiger 131, owned by UK’s Tank Museum is the only example restored to running order. Additionally, the restoration process and running it has added new data to the historical records that downplay its strengths and its inability to survive German archival material.
TIGER RE-APPRAISED (Thread)
The Panzerkampfwagen VI or Tiger I is one of the most iconic tanks of WW2, if not all time. Despite its fame and the many books written about it over the years, only recently has a true picture of its technical performance emerged.
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— Nicholas Drummond (@nicholadrummond) May 11, 2020
Username: Nicholas Drummond
Twitter handle: @nicholadrummond
8. DARPA’s tweet on the benefits of constructing tactical tunnel networks to pre-position supplies or resupply troops
DARPA, the official account of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, shared an article on three performers—teams from the General Electric Research Center, Colorado School of Mines, and the Sandia National Laboratories—having been selected for the Underminer program to develop integrated solutions for operational needs, and addressing current process and system limitations that will surpass current commercial drilling capabilities.
The program aims to merge breakthroughs in horizontal drilling, trenchless boring technologies, and robotics to create systems allowing consistent underground access, the article detailed.
Three performers are set to begin work on DARPA's Underminer program, which aims to demonstrate tunneling technologies and approaches to provide secure underground resupply as troops move through an area: https://t.co/K1WJIst0rd @SandiaLabs @GEResearch @coschoolofmines pic.twitter.com/PbvapZIFoF
— DARPA (@DARPA) April 1, 2020
Twitter handle: @DARPA
9. NavyLookout’s tweet on Pentagon’s prediction of the US to lose a naval battle with China
NavyLookout, an independent online campaign promoting the Royal Navy, shared an article on Pentagon’s war-gaming analysis having predicted that the US would be defeated in a naval battle with China. The nation will also struggle to stop an invasion of Taiwan.
Pentagon war-gaming analysis predicts US would be defeated in a naval battle with China and would struggle to stop an invasion of Taiwanhttps://t.co/m9wRbia6xX pic.twitter.com/5qeUqtDJ8k
— NavyLookout (@NavyLookout) May 16, 2020
Twitter handle: @NavyLookout
10. NATO’s tweet on EADRCC being the main nerve centre of relief for assistance during the Covid-19 crisis
NATO, the official Twitter account of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, shared an article on the NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) being the first line of defence during the Covid-19 crisis, providing relief and resources to its Allies and partner nations, comprising a total of 70 countries.
The vital NATO body matched the requirements of all the nations including test kits, protective equipment, and field hospitals, the article noted.
During the #COVIDー19 pandemic, #NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) is the first line of defence, helping to provide relief to Allies and partners.#WeAreNATO pic.twitter.com/6tArvW8J7C
— NATO (@NATO) May 15, 2020
Twitter handle: @NATO